Continuity Planning for Michigan Community Associations

“Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.” Sun Tzu During this time of economic uncertainty and concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, community associations should take an ‘inventory’ of the current conditions of the association and have a continuity plan in place just in case something tragic happens. For example, what happens if the […]

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Common Contract Provisions with Contractors/Vendors in Michigan Condominium Associations and HOAs

Each year, the Board of Directors for Michigan condominium and homeowners associations make a multitude of difficult decisions regarding what work needs to be done within the association, what vendors to hire to perform various tasks, and how long those contracts should exist. Examples of the common contracts that the Board of Directors may execute on a routine basis include: […]

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Legal Update: Slip and Fall on Condominium Premises

Over the last four years, there have been numerous Michigan Court of Appeals decisions addressing slip and falls on the Condominium Premises. Given that Michigan’s weather is turning colder by the day, the risk of significant personal harm on slippery snow and ice only increases. As a continuation in this series regarding slip and falls on the Condominium Premises in […]

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Residential Use v. Non-Residential Use in Michigan Condominiums

In Michigan, many condominium documents contain a limitation that a Unit may be used for “residential purposes” only. Historically, an owner or the developer of a parcel of property could impose reasonable building, use, and occupancy restrictions on a parcel of property subject to public policy limitations. Kaczynski v. Lindahl, 5 Mich App 377; 146 NW2d 675 (1996). Lately, the […]

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Is your Association Protected Against Theft, Embezzlement and Fraud?

Condominium associations and homeowners associations collect assessments from homeowners earmarked for the benefit of the community.  However, there are times when board members, property managers or, more generally, thieves misappropriate or embezzle monies intended to benefit the community. In 2017, the treasurer of the Black Forest Estates Association in Traverse City, Michigan was initially charged with multiple felonies each involving […]

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Mailboxes in Michigan Condominiums and HOAs

In many Michigan condominiums and HOAs, the governing documents contain a provision creating an Architectural Control Committee (“ACC”) tasked with maintaining the overall aesthetics of structures within the community.  Normally, when an owner wishes to modify a structure, the owner may petition the association’s ACC for approval.  If the owner is denied the requested modification, this can lead to claims […]

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